We go through a lot of yogurt here at our house. It is a great source of protein and calcium, and when you make your own, you have total control over what's in it. Have you looked at the label of your flavored store-bought yogurt? It's usually packed with a ton of sugar! Did you know that research coming out now is saying that it's not so much the salt in our diets that's contributing to our heart disease, but all the SUGAR?
In January, I made a big change in my diet and exercise routine because I was noticing that as I'm getting older, I can't outrun my poor diet on the treadmill anymore. So I almost completely cut out sugar (except for occasional treats) and started eating a bunch more veggies and lean proteins. Click HERE for more information on the nutrition plan I'm following...it's actually been enjoyable!
With so much lean protein being consumed, I needed a non-meat alternative that didn't sit like a ton of bricks in my gut and something that was cheap. Cue YOGURT. We eat A LOT of yogurt here and as we keep adding mouths to our family, I only see this trend continuing. Thankfully, I've learned how to make my own, so for the price of a gallon of whole milk and some yogurt starter, I get a whole gallon of yogurt! Here's how I do it:
Here is an exercise disguised as a tricep exercise but really it's an incredible challenge for the core and shoulders while holding the plank position. Here are some tips to keep in mind while trying it:
It doesn’t seem like all that long ago when I was still a kid living at home and my parents were on my case about taking a daily calcium supplement; they wanted me to have strong bones as I aged to avoid the familial “shrinking disease” of osteoporosis. The thinking then was that the more calcium I ingested as an adolescent, the fewer bone problems I’d have as an aging adult. Turns out, we should have been paying more attention to my physical activity and the sports I was participating in (thankfully, being a soccer player and later a collegiate rower covered this) than those little Flintstones vitamins that tasted like chalk.